Nowadays, background checks are becoming a prerequisite for many jobs. These might require applicants to provide a urine or blood sample, which would technically be categorized as a biohazard by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Canadian firms can adhere to OSHA standards by stocking their supply cabinet with plenty of bright orange biohazard labels.
“What Are Biohazards?”
OSHA has defined biohazards as “biological substances, which are harmful to living organisms.” Biohazards include viruses, toxins, medical waste and bodily fluids. Some people are allergic to common perfumes. Are allergens classified as biohazards?
First of all, there are different exposure types for hazards: airborne, blood-borne and food-borne. Unless a package handler is eating a product, he should not really need to worry about exposure to food-borne allergens.
Secondly, a particular individual’s problems with one biological substance might not lead to its overall categorization as a biohazard. A biohazard is dangerous to all animals or humans, not just a few. OSHA has listed specific biohazards, which require special biohazard labels.
OSHA Regulations Standards – 29 CFR, 1910.1030 defines bloodborne pathogens as “pathogenic microorganisms present in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These bloodborne pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is associated with the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Contamination could occur by ingestion, especially if a worker gets blood on his fingers. These bioagents might also contaminate a worker’s blood, if he has an open wound. This is one of the reasons why all workers should wear protective gloves and eye wear.
“OSHA Label Requirements”
It is important that all parties handling potentially dangerous packages are adequately warned ahead-of-time. Businesses must start with the proper collection of blood samples. If the blood samples are to be used for workplace drug testing, then no one might know if the packages contain any bloodborne pathogens. A biohazard label is a warning of the potential danger.
Prevention, prudence and care are required when dealing with these potential biohazards. A primary goal of OSHA is to prevent accidents. Biohazard labels show package handlers that an item should be handled with care. The work place should be free from moisture, puncture or pressure dangers, which could damage the container, causing leaks.
“Responding to Accidents”
Biohazard labels will identify the chemical class of the danger to all individuals, including police, medical and fire personnel. These professionals will know which first aid treatment to use. If you want to adhere to OSHA standards and create a safe workplace, then our bright, fluorescent orange biohazard label are ideal. Make sure that you have plenty of these warning labels in your supply cabinet.